“I got my 3 month old puppy groomed short so she can swim and be less hot. She wasn’t matted at all. But now I’m reading that by shaving her so short, it damages her coat?”Lori S., reader
As we learned in this post, Doodles are generally fine to shave.
But to answer Lori’s question, it’ll require a little more understanding of what a puppy coat is and how it differs from an adult coat.
What is a Puppy Coat?
A puppy coat is a layer of hair that is softer, thinner, and shorter than the hair of an adult dog. The purpose of this hair is to keep the puppy warm and comfortable during its first weeks of life.
Doodles tend to start shedding their puppy coats around the age of six months, but it can start earlier or later than that. A puppy will not shed his puppy coat all at once. Rather, it is a gradual process. Simultaneously, the adult coat starts to grow in, and is usually completely grown in by 2 years of age. The adult coat is thicker, more rigid, and more dense.
Now, as mentioned in this post, a Doodle should start visiting the groomer as soon as its shots are all up to date, so around 16-17 weeks.
Nonetheless, six months is still a common time for Doodle puppies to start visiting the groomer. Between a shedding puppy coat and lack of proper brushing and coat care on the owner’s part, it is like the brewing of a perfect storm.
So if your Doodle puppy needs a summer cut and they happen to be right around the age of shedding their puppy coat, don’t be surprised if the hair that eventually grows back isn’t as soft and fluffy as it was before.
Chances are, it happened to get cut all off at the exact right (or wrong) time. But rest assured that this is normal, and that your pup’s coat is not damaged.
The information on this page is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional groomer advice. Always seek the advice of your groomer, veterinarian, or other qualified animal health provider with any questions you may have.